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Brief History of the Dead, the (2006) [Novel]
by Kevin Brockmeier Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

Original title: The Brief History of the Dead
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyLiterary Fantasy

Edition #1: The Brief History of the Dead

The Brief History of the Dead (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Fantasy at the level of literature... Imagine a city of the dead. Imagine a scientist very much alive and stranded in Antarctica who realizes she may be one of the few people on the planet left alive after a massive plague. Now imagine a novelist shrewd enough to connect these two realities." Newsweek
  • "Eerie and intimate... It's the mood and Brockmeier's unostentatious reverence for life's details... that make The Brief History of the Dead so entrancing... beautiful, even revelatory." Salon
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The Brief History of the Dead (2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 0375423699
Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 in
Pages: 272

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